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    WideMargins.net

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    Kalen Wilfred Marquis

     

    I am a reader, writer and thinker who scribbles long, reflective notes in the margins. What may be found here will be revised over time as I challenge and synthesize previous expressions of thought, feeling, intuition and experience. It is a playful privilege born of wide margins and the necessity of living an 'examined' life. In the words of Michelangelo, "It is only well with me when I have a chisel in my hands."

     

    In the joyful pursuit of wisdom, wonder, and wellness, I love to collaborate with like-hearted creators, innovators and actualizers looking to flourish in the flow of passionate, purpose-filled projects. Responsive engagement as a model, mentor and companion on the journey of life requires presence of body, mind, heart and soul--a giddy and heartfelt desire for optimal individual and organizational collaborations in the spirit of the Museletter, Soul Stories, Creative Connections and Actualization Advocacy sections in the tabs above and below.

     

    After three decades of frontline service as a teacher, librarian and therapist in public and privtate practice, I am open to opportunities while living this 'liminal life' in alignment with my core values, inner compass, and soul's purpose. Love, empathy, encourgement and applied ethics are keystones of synchronistic participation. I am currently the wordsmith and editor for Wide Margins Museletter with the hope that it may evolve and grow with interest and support from creators, innovators, actualizers and their devoted families, teachers, librarians and counsellors.

     

    I would love to hear from those who yearn to learn with love, empathy and encouragement. In this regard, I will always be a word traveller. The prompts that permeate this website are there for a reason. :-)

     

    Throughout my life, I have been blessed to be in the company of inspired and soulful models, mentors, and companions who demonstrate that it is not 'what' we do, but 'how' we do it and 'who' we do it with that creates deep meaning. Presence matters. Today's technological tools make it simple and easy to transcend time, space and the stratified trickle-down disconnect between theorists and practitioners. Effective, adaptable and sustainable implementation opportunities abound.

     

    For me, as a 'meaning-maker,' creating, connecting and sharing with like-hearted people is essential for a sense of fulfillment in each moment. As I endeavor not to 'rush the river,' I am reminded of the song I often sang with my youngest students: "Row, row, row your boat, gently down life's stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream."

     

    After all, it all begins and ends with the sage words of Chief Dan George, "The young and old are closest to life. They love every minute dearly." They know. As they have always known. The rest of us need only remember. This awareness, coupled with the "noblest pleasure" of the "joy of understanding" as Leonardo da Vinci wrote, is satisfying indeed.

  • "In order to understand something,

    you have to be one with that something."

    Thich Nhat Hanh

     

    "No seed ever sees the flower."

    Zen proverb

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    Being Seen and Heard

     

    In the same spirit that John O'Donohue writes, "One of the deepest longings of the human soul is to be seen," it is equally important to consider the human soul's need to be heard. As Karl A. Menninger says, "Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand."

     

    Whether as a family member, friend, or human being in any role, there is immense therapeutic power in the capacity to listen. Just listen. Nothing is harder. Or more profound. It costs nothing. It gives much. Between each word, between each sentence, there is the silence. This is the gap where the love and light get in. The connection is deeper and more transcendent than just the twist or tumble of words.

     

    We have much to learn from others--especially the misfits and the mercurial. They have their viewpoint and perspective too. We are infinitely richer and more empathetic for hearing what we may never see, feel, or experience ourselves. As Leonardo da Vinci said, "The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding." Empathize. Encourage. But most importantly...

     

    Listen.

     

     

    "Loneliness does not come from having

    no people around, but from being unable

    to communicate the things that seem

    important to oneself, or from holding

    certain views which others find

    inadmissible."

    (Carl Gustav Jung)

     

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    Liminal Life

    In the spirit of Joseph Cambell's advice to 'follow your bliss' with faith in the 'invisible supports' that emerge to guide us on the 'hero's journey,' I acquiesced to 'Ms Universe' by retiring early as a teacher, librarian and counsellor to be in greater alignment with my heart, soul, and spirit during this transformative and alchemical stage of adult life.

     

    As Eckhart Tolle says, "Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge." The key to more expansive and enduring fulfillment will, I'm sure, be a literal or figurative return to the 'humour and heartstrings' of the past. This old, stone heart and cobwebbed brain are full to the brim but life continues to unfold with mystery and delight.

     

    So here I am, finding solace and creating joy in life with wide margins. I am inspired and affirmed by Carol Shields who seems to have read my heart and soul when she adroitly wrote, "This matters, the remaking of an untenable world through the nib of a pen; it matters so much I can't stop doing it." Or, to paraphrase Joseph Cambell, it is when we see the light at the end of the tunnel, that we have sauntered off the path." So, in a word: Onwards!

     

    Love and best wishes on the journey! As Ram Dass so poignantly says, 'We are all just walking each other home.'

  • “I really love your new virtual approach and the work you have been doing to reach kids and families in this time. I watched your YouTube videos, so great!!! It feels like I'm sitting with you in your comfy office.”

    'I just wanted to say that I am very happy that we have this chance to work together. You appear to have a very intuitive sense of humanity and your empathy is duly noted."

    'Kalen breathes his work. He is one of the most caring, giving, dynamic teachers I have ever met. A diamond in the rough of education."

     

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